Well Liverpool have been one of the busier clubs in the transfer market so far, having captured the signature of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland and also many more linked with moves to Anfield. Suddenly, some sort of an equation seemed to have came across my mind,
ARSENAL + MANCHESTER CITY = LIVERPOOL
As we all know, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a secret obsession in signing unknown youngsters. It’s not a bad technique to be honest, as youngsters are the ones of the next generation and the current football stars are to retire someday later. But apart from Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, the other young Gunners have pretty much failed to make any significant impacts last season.
Lately, Arsene Wenger has once again stepped up to his ability in signing youngsters – completing the transfer of Finland Under-19 defender Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic. Oh well, Arsenal were forced to end their disappointing season empty-handed for the sixth consecutive year. But will the young Gunners actually bring glory to Arsene Wenger in the future?
And now we move on to Manchester City, the world’s biggest spenders. With spirits at an all-time high in the blue half of Manchester following their impressive FA Cup victory and also qualification into the prestigious UEFA Champions League, the club’s wealthy owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, could once again be tempted to splash the cash during the transfer window as they look to make inroads on both the domestic and continental fronts.
Manchester City are like spending money as if they’re toilet papers. They’ve already soared to a massive £650 million – which is quite insane. And guess what? They’re still hoping to increase the number! The likes of Marek Hamsik, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gregory Van der Wiel, Alexis Sanchez and even Cristiano Ronaldo have all been on City’s radar. Well at least they’ve managed to finish 4th in the Barclays Premier League, a fairly good placing.
Which of course brings me back to this equation. Okay, Arsene Wenger has an obsession in signing youngsters – but at least he doesn’t overspend the money. And Manchester City of course, are famous in spending the cash – on quality players and not youngsters. Therefore,
Arsenal = Sign too many youngsters
Manchester City = Spend too much money
Most of all, what surprises me is that Liverpool have been very interested in youngsters – AND ALSO OVERPAYING! For example, Andy Carroll (the man who ultimately cost Liverpool a massive £35 million) is only aged 22 and he’s only managed a very limited 2 goals so far for the Reds, which is very disappointing. The transfer actually made Andy Carroll the eighth overall most expensive footballer and the most expensive British footballer of all time, but does he play like one – that’s a completely different story. And recently, Liverpool have just completed the signing of former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson for an undisclosed fee of approximately £20 million, which I believe they’ve also overpaid it. And to support the equation, Jordan Henderson is too a youngster (only 21 years of age). Furthermore, if we take a look at Liverpool’s shortlist in the transfer market, they’ve pretty much been monitoring the youngsters (Bojan Krkic, Phil Jones, Eden Hazard and Connor Wickham)! And I have a bad feeling that Kenny Dalglish will once again overpay in order to win their signature.
So when on earth did Liverpool turn into a combined Arsenal and Manchester City?